— AARP Georgia State President Lee Baker along with State Director Debra Tyler-Horton and Advocacy Director, Melissa Sinden visited this week with Senator David Perdue’s office. Lee discussed how AARP is fighting for the interests of older Georgians. Here in Georgia, we’re fighting alongside volunteers to protect our hard-earned benefits.  These volunteers are meeting with their elected officials, collecting signed petitions and launching letter-writing campaigns to communicate—in no uncertain terms—our support for keeping Medicare safe and strong.  We’ll be collecting stories from …

— This week we had our third Tuesday at the State House, where 10 members braved the snow to join us. We spent the morning in the State Senate and spoke with a number of State Senators. After lunch we went to the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee where we provided testimony on a bill that addresses the funding of broadband access at schools and public libraries across the state. The Portland Press Herald covered this issue saying, “The Maine School …

— Every year, President’s Day weekend brings a break to the chaos of the legislative session, and this year is no different. On Monday, with your support, the South Dakota House of Representatives passed Senate Bill (SB) 61. The bill will now go to Governor Daugaard and await his signature. SB 61 aims to improve the South Dakota Nurse Practice Act and increase South Dakotans access to two different types of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs)—Certified Nurse Practitioners and Certified Nurse …

— by Lynn Shuler Teague, VP for Issues and Action, League of Women Voters of South Carolina The League of Women Voters is a national non-partisan organization that grew out of the suffragette movement. The League is known for our work registering and educating voters and our advocacy efforts at every level of government. We include many men among our members and officers and we focus on a wide range of issues that fall under our national mission of “Making Democracy …

— Every February AARP participates in the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, Inc. It’s a three-day weekend that brings together the most influential African-American, Hispanic, Caribbean, and Asian leaders from every corner of the Empire State and beyond. Join AARP this weekend at the NYSABPRL Craft Expo & Business Partnership Fair. Stop by the AARP booths (#96 & 98), pick up a free gift and meet AARP staff & volunteers. Get information on local discounts, special events, programs, learn …

— You’re invited to AARP’s Capitol Report, providing you with an up-to-the-minute report on the 2017 North Dakota Legislature. Hear more about AARP’s work to support family caregivers.  In addition, we’re ensuring that current retirement programs are preserved, working toward property tax relief, protecting vulnerable adults, and supporting more options allowing people to live safely in their own homes as they age. Learn more about what is happening in the North Dakota Legislature and how you can get involved. There is …

—   Philadelphia resident Joanne Grossi has recently been appointed as AARP Pennsylvania’s State President. In her new role, Grossi will help shape AARP’s strategic priorities, build community partnerships with key decision makers and serve as AARP’s principal volunteer spokesperson in Pennsylvania. Grossi brings more than 30 years’ experience in public health, public policy and legislative affairs to her new position. Most recently, she served as a Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where she worked with federal, …

— AARP Oregon is in your community. Our organization is more than just discounts and lobbying for older Americans. But, we realize that not everyone knows what we’re working on across the state, Eugene and Springfield. To allow the community a chance to get to know us better, AARP is coordinating a “community blitz,” in Eugene/Springfield on March 1-3, 2017. Events include a coffee and donuts session where we’ll talk about proposed changes to Medicare and how AARP is working to …

— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 15, 2017 CONTACT: AARP Media, 202-434-2560, media@aarp.org, @AARPMedia AARP Launches Campaign Urging Opposition to “Age Tax” Congressional Proposal Would Charge Older Americans Thousands of Dollars More for Health Insurance Washington, DC —AARP today launched a campaign against the “age tax,” a proposed unfair penalty on older adults that would line the pockets of big insurance companies, allowing them to charge older Americans over $3,000 more than they currently pay per year. .AARP launched a new series …

— Illinois State Director Bob Gallo spoke with Illinois News Network providing insight into the proposed new tax on retirement income. See below for link and text of an interview Illinois News Network Link ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK TEXT A Chicago-based nonprofit says raising the state’s income tax and taxing retirement income will fix Illinois’ budget mess. The nation’s largest advocacy group for retirees disagrees. The Civic Federation released a series of suggestions Friday that they say the state could use to …